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article imageSuzanne Pilley: Murder trial date set for ex-lover David Gilroy

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By Gemma Fox     Nov 10, 2011 in Crime
Edinburgh - The ex-lover of bookkeeper Suzanne Pilley has been charged with her murder and will face trial next year despite the fact her body has never been found.
David Gilroy, 49, was arrested last year and charged with the murder of his ex-lover, 38-year old Suzanne Pilley after she was initially reported missing after failing to turn up for work on May 4 2010, as reported by Digital Journal.
Yesterday, at the High Court in Glasgow, Gilroy was charged with her murder "by means unknown". A date was set for his trial next February and it's expected that it was last at least 6 weeks.
Initially Suzanne Pilley was reported missing when she failed to turn up for work at Infrastructure Management Ltd on Thistle Street, Edinburgh. That was on May 4 last year.
Police investigating Suzanne's disappearance released CCTV images of her last known movements but what began as a missing persons case soon became a murder investigation.
Ex-lover David Gilroy soon became a suspect. He was arrested and charged. The suspicion was that Gilroy had killed Suzanne, who was last seen on CCTV at 0855, five minutes before she was due to start work, and hid her body within Infrastructure Managements Ltd's basement before transporting her body the following day to a forest in Argyll.
Extensive searches of the forest failed to turn up Ms Pilley's body and still it has not been recovered.
Yesterday a five page indictment was read out in the High Court in Glasgow. The indictment contains several accusations against Gilroy that include him trying to mislead police by telling them he'd seen Suzanne two days after her disappearance. He's also accused of telling police that he and Suzanne ended their relationship in December 2009 when this is allegedly untrue and that he wanted the relationship to go further. It also emerges that Gilroy allegedly assaulted and threatened his wife, Andrea Gilroy and threatened other individuals. More details from the indictment have been published by the Edinburgh Evening News.
A plea of Not Guilty was entered to all charges by Gilroy's QC Jack Davidson.
Judge Lord Bracadale yesterday set a trial date for February 20 2012 at the High Court in Edinburgh.
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